Former Donkey Kong world record-holder Billy Mitchell’s lawsuit against Cartoon Network, in which he claimed a character from Regular Show stole his likeness, has been tossed out.
A New Jersey Federal District Judge threw out Billy Mitchell’s lawsuit against Cartoon Network on Friday.
Billy Mitchell, a Hollywood, Florida native known for his long hair and beard claimed that a character named Garrett Bobby Ferguson from the Regular Show depicted Mitchell.
However, Cartoon Network says the floating, bearded head that cheats to win an arcade game in the show is a transformative depiction of Mitchell.
That argument was enough for a judge to throw out the lawsuit. The judge ruled that the cartoon exaggerates Mitchell’s traits to make him “cartoonishly evil”, and that the show has First Amendment protection.
Mitchell featured in the documentary The King of Kong, which tells the story of a gamer’s attempt to beat Mitchell’s high score.
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